Travel Cancellations and Reporting

On February 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the global spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) makes it almost certain the United States will experience an outbreak. Miami University is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments, nationally and internationally, in conjunction with Tri-Health, the Butler County and Ohio departments of health and the CDC.

Protecting the health and safety of all members of our community is our highest priority.

Containing the spread of a contagious disease presents real challenges. The CDC recommends cancelling all non-essential travel to China, Italy, Iran and South Korea due to significant COVID-19 outbreaks in those countries.

In response to the CDC recommendations, colleges and universities across the U.S. have begun cancelling study abroad and foreign travel. Miami is no exception.

University Travel Cancellations

Earlier this year the University canceled all University-sponsored travel to China for the balance of the semester. Following the recommendations of the CDC, the University is now also canceling all University-sponsored travel to South Korea, Italy, and Iran for the balance of the semester. We will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC when deciding whether countries should be added to or removed from the travel cancellation list. Find the most up-to-date information on CDC Level 3 travel warnings.

Travel Reporting

Following Governor DeWine’s recommendations at his news conference yesterday - https://ohiochannel.org/collections/governor-mike-dewine - the University is announcing the following new travel restrictions and reporting requirements:

University Sponsored or Supported Travel

All University sponsored or supported international travel for students, faculty and staff is suspended for the balance of the spring semester.

All University sponsored or supported domestic travel is limited to essential travel and must be approved by the divisional vice-president. 

 Personal Travel

All Miami faculty, staff and students are urged to closely evaluate the risks of all personal travel (domestic, international or cruise ship) and to change or cancel personal travel plans as appropriate.

Those employees and students who do decide to travel internationally are required to report their travel to the University, before departure, at the following email address travel@miamioh.edu.  When reporting your personal travel please provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Travel Dates
  • Countries and Cities
  • Cities of U.S. departure and entry

The guidelines associated with travel to high-risk countries and the process for subsequent reentry into the United States may change rapidly and without notice. It is possible that you may be required to self-monitor your health upon your return. This can be as simple as monitoring and reporting temperatures twice a day for 14 days or being quarantined or isolated. In addition to any health monitoring or quarantine, employees and staff who travel internationally may be required to be screened by University Health Services upon return. 

Please watch for updates and changes in the need to report personal travel as circumstances may change over the coming weeks or while you are traveling abroad. 

Thank you for your patience as we work together to navigate these unprecedented events and for your cooperation in taking the steps necessary to protect the health and safety of our Miami community.